Social Work is an internationally accepted profession recognized by the United Nations (UN) which hosts a special UN Social Work day every year. The Discipline of Social Work is affiliated with the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Global Standards for the education and training of social workers have been adopted by two international social work bodies. Social Work is concerned with improving the quality of life of people and the promotion of peace, human rights, equality and social justice at local, regional, national and international levels. By using theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. We offer an integrated programme approved by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for social work students wishing to register with the South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP) as professional social workers. Both undergraduate and postgraduate education are offered with extensive skills and field practice training.
The academic entrance requirement to study social work at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a minimum of 30 matric points. Students often choose to study social work because they want to help people and to uplift communities. Social work is defined by terms such as social justice, human rights and empowerment. The values of the social work profession are rooted in a belief in the dignity and growth of every human being and a recognition of the need for a democratic, just and caring society. The ethical behaviour expected of social workers flows from these core values. Social workers have an ethical responsibility to clients, colleagues, employers, the social work profession and to society which is enshrined in the SACSSPS? Code of Ethics. From their second year of study, social work students are expected to not only register with the SACSSPS but need to sign a Code of Ethics form with the School of Social Work committing themselves to ethical practice.